Imperial College’s The Techtonics, formed in 2008, are embarking on their maiden overseas tour as I write, in order to take part in this year’s Vocal Marathon competition.
The 10-strong group, formed by Christian Carter and Ed Brightman three years ago, are travelling to Croatia with the Imperial College Chamber Choir to introduce their very own blend of music to the Croatians.
The group will kick-off their performances later today at 9pm local time at Vela Placa (public square), Krk, on Krk Island. Tomorrow they will join up with the Chamber Choir in a joint performance at Kosljun Monastery at 8pm.
On 2 September they will reach the focal point of their tour – the Vocal Marathon competition. They will begin the day with an a cappella masterclass, led by Tomaz Kozlevcar, at Rijeka University. They will then move onto Trsat Castle in Rijeka to compete against the 9 other a cappella groups from around Europe in the competition itself, with each group performing a twenty minute set between 6pm and 10pm in this self styled ‘marathon’ of a cappella.
The following day, the awards ceremony will take place, and hopefully the boys will come away with an award or two – maybe even the grand prize!
I assume there will be much drinking and frivolity afterwards.
I hope to catch up with the boys once they have returned from Croatia, in order to catch up with them and find out more about their exploits. In the meantime, I wish them all the best!
For more information on the Vocal Marathon competition, visit http://www.vocalmarathon.com.